Peptide Storage - Guidelines For Handling
There are many health products available that contain peptides. These amino acids can provide a variety of benefits to consumers, such as reducing inflammation, building muscle, or reducing the signs of aging. However, in order for these products to work, it's important for customers to store them properly.
Why Is Peptide Storage Important?
Properly storing peptides helps to guard against contamination, degradation, and oxidation. These three things can render a peptide useless, making it essential that customers avoid them as much as possible. Properly storing peptides can help customers ensure that they don't waste their money and that they receive the full effects of the peptides. If correctly stored, peptides can also retain their quality for years, allowing customers more control over when they use their peptides.
Do Peptides Need to Be Refrigerated?
For the best protection, peptides need to be refrigerated. It's essential that they are not only kept in a cold environment but that they are also kept away from light sources. Putting peptides in a refrigerator or freezer helps to accomplish both of these requirements. If the customer plans on using their peptides within the next several weeks or months, storing them in a refrigerator is typically adequate protection. However, for longer-term storage, it's recommended that customers place the peptides in a freezer.
Reconstitution, the process of mixing a lyophilized powder with a diluent, can impact storage. The recommended diluent is a sterile water solution or sodium chloride. In peptide sciences, bacteriostatic water is also frequently used.
Do Lyophilized Peptides Need to Be Refrigerated?
Lyophilized peptides are typically stable at room temperatures. Customers that plan to use these peptides within a short time frame can keep them at room temperature. Lyophilized peptides typically remain stable at room temperatures for several weeks or more. Those that want to store these peptides for a longer period should place them in a refrigerator. Once customers reconstitute lyophilized peptides, storage needs change and they will want to place them in a refrigerator.
Does BPC 157 Need to Be Refrigerated?
BPC 157 arrives in a lyophilized powder form. Peptides in this form can be stored at room temperature for several weeks. If planning to use BPC 157 beyond this time frame, customers should store it in a freezer, as this will allow the peptide to remain stable for years. After reconstituting BPC 157, it's recommended that you place it in a refrigerator for short-term storage. Reconstituted peptides remain stable at these temperatures for up to three weeks.
What Is the Best Temperature for Storage?
When storing peptides within a refrigerator for a short term, the recommended temperature is at least 4 degrees Celsius or 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit. It's also important to keep peptides away from intense light sources during this time.
For long-term storage, it's recommended that your freezer have a temperature of less than -20 degrees Celsius or -4 degrees Fahrenheit. Storing at these temperatures helps to keep the peptides stable for years at a time. As with short-term storage, keep the peptides away from intense light sources as much as possible. We also recommend not using frost-free freezers, as these can have fluctuating temperatures during defrost cycles, which may harm the peptides.
Removing Peptides From Storage
It's not recommended to regularly thaw and refreeze peptides. Customers should avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles, as this makes it more likely that the peptide will degrade. Ideally, customers should only remove peptides from storage once they are ready to use them.
What Is the Shelf Life of Peptides?
The shelf life of peptides can vary based on a few factors. Generally speaking, peptides can last for months at room temperature without experiencing significant degradation, provided they haven't been reconstituted. Reconstituted products can still last for weeks at room temperature as long as they are kept away from bright light sources like sunlight. To improve quality and shelf life, though, customers should place products in a refrigerator for short-term storage.